KEY RACK FROM OLD KEYS
Turn your mystery keys into hooks for the ones you still use
By Wendy Becktold
Lose any metal objects lately? Put in a request at lostmystuff.net and someone with a metal detector just might show up to try to find it free of charge. These volunteers are kind of like superheroes with headphones. One of them even located a college ring that had been lost since 1977. I wish one would follow me around my house, because I constantly misplace my keys.
Here's the strange thing: While the keys I use daily often go missing, I have a growing pile of mystery keys in a tin on my dresser. I'm sure they were important once, and I probably tried hard not to lose them. But now I have no idea what they're meant to unlock, and for some reason I can't imagine throwing them out.
This project, then, is a twofer. With a piece of wood, screws, and some pliers, I transformed the castoffs into a rack to hold and organize my current stash. It was quick and easy, and I had all the materials on hand. Now I just have to remember to hang my keys there.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: 1 | CONSTRUCTION TIME: 1 hour
An electric drill comes in handy, but nails and a hammer work just as well.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
- 3 to 5 keys, one for each hook (plus extras in case a few break)
- Vise (optional)
- Piece of wood (9.5 inches wide by 3 inches high is a good size for 4 keys)
- Ruler or measuring tape
- Nails or wood screws (one for each key)
- Hammer for nails or electric drill for wood screws
Based on a project by Nicholas Torretta at viraroque.blogspot.com.